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438 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. 

(Hening's Statutes). In the Revolutionary War, as Lieutenant-Colonel, 
Fauquer Militia, Sep. 28, 1778 (Crozier's Virginia County Records, 
Vol. VI.), Colonel Virginia Militia, 1778-1779, (Heitman's Historical 
Register), Colonel, 2nd Battalion, Aug. 27, 1781, (McAllister's Vir- 
ginia Militia, p. 201). He received for his services, 243 acres, 1780; 
798 acres, 1788; 183 acres, 1789; H of 93 acres, 1790; 139 acres, 1792, 
(Crozier's Virginia County Records, Vol. VI. p. 90, 91, 92 and 235). 
He served as Major at the Battle of Monmouth, (Letters of that 
period). He was Tax Commissioner of Fauquier Co., 1782; Coroner, 
1783; and High Sheriff, 1785; (Fauquier County Records). He was a 
staunch and liberal Churchman, and a Vestryman, of the old Church 
at Warrenton. His will is dated May 4, 1803, Codicils, Apr. 12, 1804; 
probated Apr. 24, 1804, in Fauquier Co., (Will Book No. 3, p. 518), in 
which he names his daughters, Lucy Marshall, Nancy Brooke, Millie 
Clarkson, Judith Slaughter, and Betsy Pickett; and "representatives 
of daughter Lettie Johnston," his sons, George Blackwell Pickett and 
Steptoe Pickett; his sons-in-law, Charles Marshall, Francis Brooke, 
Charles Johnston, William Clarkson and Stanton Slaughter; Executors, 
George Blackwell Pickett, Stanton Slaughter and Joseph Blackwell. 
He was the son of William & Elizabeth (Cooke?) Pickett, of Fauquier 
Co., Va., Issue. 

(To be continued) 



The Emperour Family of Lower Norfolk County. 

(by G. Andrews Moriarty Jr., A. M. Boston, Mass.) 
(Concluded from XXI 420.) 

Sarah (Oistin) Emperour, the wife of Francis Tully Emperour resided 
principally with her own relatives in Christ Church Parish, Barbados. 
Her will on record at Bridgetown is dated 20 March 1701-2 proved 25 Oct. 
1709. She bequeathes to her daughter Elizabeth Emperour and if she 
die without children then the children of her sister, Elizabeth, the wife 
of Miles James, to wit Elizabeth Ramsden, William Ramsden, Alice 
James, Miles James and Elizabeth James and to her loving brother Miles 
James senior. 

Francis Tully and Sarah (Oistine) Emperour had issue: 

16. Oistine bapt. 7 April 1681 buried 20 Feb. 1682, Christ Church 
Barbados. 

17. Maria bapt. 16 Oct. 1684, buried 20 Feb. 1682, at Christ 
Church, Barbados. 

18. Francis bapt. 28 Aug. 1686 at Christ Church Barbados. 

19. Sarah bapt. 17 July 1690 at Christ Church, Barbados. 

20. Elizabeth bapt. 8 June 1699 at Christ Church, Barbados, 
married at Christ Church 18 May 17, 1716 William Phillips. 



GENEALOGY. 439 

The rest of the children of Francis Tully and Sarah Emperour appear 
to have died in childhood. 

III. 10. Tully Emperour, gentleman, of Lower Norfolk and Princess 
Ann Counties, Virginia. He appears to have been born about 1660. 
He was a planter with large estates in the parish of Lynhaven and in 
the vicinity of Lambert's Point. Like his father he was also a merchant. 

He married Ellen and his will on file at Princess Ann Court 

House dated 12 Sept. 1722 was proved 6 Feb. 1722-3. He describes him- 
self as of the Eastern Branch in Princess Ann County and leaves to his 
grandson, Thomas Moseley, "son of my daughter Mary Whitehurst" and 
his sister, Frances Moseley; to his grandson Tully Moseley and his 
grandson William Ackiss. He also bequeathes to Emperor Moseley, 
son of his daughter Elizabeth Moseley, "now under 20 years of age" 
and to Elizabeth and Frances Moseley, daughter of Mary Whitehurst, 
his grandchildren, and to his grandchildren Sarah Ackiss and Joseph 
Moseley and to his daughter Ann Wheeler. 

From the above it would appear that Tully and Ellenor Emperour had 
issue: 

21. Mary married 1st Edward Moseley (Arthur 2 , William 1 ) 

of Lynnhaven. They were the ancestors of William Moseley 
the first Governor of Florida. She married 2ndly Henry 
Whitehurst of Princess Ann. 

22. Sarah married William Ackiss of Lynnhaven. 

23. Ann married .Wheeler. 

24. Elizabeth married about 1710 Amos Moseley of Princess Ann 
(Arthur 2 William 1 ), under Sheriff of Princess Ann County. 
Their son Emperour Moseley removed to Nixonton, N. C. 
He was the father of Capt. Joseph Moseley of Salem, Mass. 
Capt. Moseley was a distinguished master mariner of Salem 
and accompanied Benjamin Franklin to the Court of Louis 
XVI. He was killed by a Dutch privateer in the North Sea. 
His son, Emperour Moseley, of Salem, died in 1807, while on a 
voyage to Calcutta. 

III. 11. William Emperour of Lower Norfolk. Born about 1658-1662. 
His inventory was presented on 18 August 1684 by Ann Thelaball.from 
which it would appear that he was married and that his widow had 
subsequently remarried a Thelaball, but in this connection it may be well 
to note that in Volume VII of the Land Patents page 145, a patent was 
granted to Ann Harding alias Emperour of Lower Norfolk for 249 acres 
part of a grant to Thomas Harding deceased on 20 Oct. 1661. The 
grant to Ann Harding alias Emperour was between 1679 and 1689 and it 
may be that she was a first wife of Tully Emperour. At any rate it seems 
clear that William Emperour died without issue. 

III. 14. Thomas Emperour of St. Michaels Parish Barbados, while 
there is no absolute proof that he was the son of John Emperour, the 
fact that he can fit in nowhere else and that he resided in the same parish 



440 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. 

in Barbados that John lived in, leads me to believe that he was his on. 
He was born about 1650 and married at St. Michael's 1 December 1670 
Mary Partridge, she married 2ndly at St. Michael's William Bushay on 
15 December 1681. Thomas Emperour was a merchant and in the census 
of 1680 he is recorded as residing in Bridgetown (St. Michael's) with 
his wife, 2 children one indentured servant and 10 negroes. He was 
buried at St. Michael's 8 July 1680. (The Ann Emperour who married 
29 Nov. 1686 John Walker at St. Michael's may have been a sister of 
Thomas and the youngest child of John of Bridgetown.) Thomas and 
Mary (Partridge) Emperour had issue: 

25. John bapt. at St. Michael's, 1, July 1672. 

26. Margaret bapt. at St. Michael's, 4 Nov. 1673, buried 1 Dec. 
1675. 

27. Elizabeth married Thomas Parr or Faile of Barbados. They 
emigrated to Charleston, S. C, where they left descendants. 
She died at Charleston 15 Nov. 1725. 

IV. 25. Capt. John Emperour of St. Michael's Barbados and Charles- 
ton, S. C. He was in Barbados as late as "15 Jan. 1693-4, when he wit- 
nessed a power of Attorney, but by "Jan. 1694-5 he was at Charleston, 
S. C. where he" was granted lots 248 & 9. He was a merchant and his re- 
moval to Charleston, S. C. at the time when many persons emigrated 
thither from Barbados was doubtless to establish himself as a merchant 
in the new settlement. He married Amerinthia, daughter of Bernard 
Schencking Esq. of Christ Church Parish, Barbados. (See Hotten's 
Lists for for her birth in 1677). Mr. Schencking removed with his son 
in law and settled at Charleston. 

On 9 Sept. 1696 the Lord's Proprietors of Carolina granted land to 
John Emperour, which upon his death without issue descended to his 
sister, Elizabeth Farr. The will of Capt. John Emperour is lost but that 
of his wife, dated 5 Dec. 1744, proved 14 Feb. 1744-5 is on file at Charles- 
ton, Capt John Emperovtr died before 22 July 1711 on which date his sister 
and her busband entered a caveat to his will. 

With Capt. John Emperour of Charleston S. C. the male line of this 
ancient family of merchants ended. The name survives as a given one 
among the people of Princess Ann County, Virginia, and in that branch of 
the Moseley family that removed to Massachusetts at the close of the 
Revolution. The Colonial history of the family is, I believe, unique, 
involving as it has an examination of the records of Virginia, Barbados 
Massachusetts and South Carolina, and in Europe the records of Nor- 
wich and of Flanders, the latter now, beyond all doubt, lost forever, 
must be searched to obtain further facts concerning these early Virginian 
settlers. 

In closing I must acknowledge my obligations to Miss Mabel Webber 
of the South Carolina Historical Society, who most kindly furnished me 
with matter regarding the family in Charleston.